Originally Posted by CBrown
Having a sharp knife within short reach is a must. I got tangled in a rope in Slaughterhouse years ago and w/o a knife I would have been f@#%ed!
Originally Posted by FLOWTORCH
My two cents, since everybody loves to throw it out there-you can take a swiftwater rescue course(and should)and still not know shit. Ask me how I know.
Experience is the best teacher.
Don't be too hard on yourself Flow.
Have to tell a funny story.
Bechdel was running one of his rescue classes and I was sent by my company. I happened to be homeless and a novice kayaker as well. We were on the Payette and Les saw my kayak and volunteered me to do rope ferries across the Payette at nearly flood stage. I said no ffing way dude, I don't even have a roll all the time - not hooking myself to a rope. Why do you have your kayak then?? Cuz I am a dirtbag homeless dude.
He got all puffed up about it and asks me to get my boat and jumps in and off he goes. He gets twisted around in the eddy on the far side and rolls and comes up with his 300 foot static line not quite all the way around his neck.
Holy shit. I had my knife out and was getting ready to cut his rope when he swam and came out of it all right. I had to laugh after. For writing a pretty good rescue book, he was kind of a douche.
Lesson is don't throw ropes unless you have a knife for sure.